Yet another brightly coloured long-termer has joined the CarAdvice long-term fleet. Say hello to the 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus Exclusive, which I’ve already named ‘Smurfette’ thanks to its eye-catching ‘Baltic Blue’ paint.
We’ll cover the ins and outs of our experience with this car in upcoming instalments, but here we’ll go over the specifics of the Cactus’s set-up and features.
Pricing starts at $26,990 plus on-road costs, though our tester is fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, which bumps the ticket up to $28,490 before ORCs. The Baltic Blue exterior finish adds a further $290, while the gloss-black ‘Cross’ 17-inch alloys ask for $1000 extra.
Our C4 Cactus is pretty decked out inside, too. There’s a fixed panoramic glass sunroof ($1250), along with leather/cloth combination upholstery in black/grey ($1600). All up, Smurfette has an as-tested list price of $32,630 before on-roads.
Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, single-zone climate control air-conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors, along with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.
Rounding out the spec sheet are LED daytime-running lights, front fog lights with static cornering function, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 81kW of power at 5500rpm and 205Nm of torque at 1500rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission as tested – a six-speed manual is the standard shifter.
Citroen claims the auto-equipped Cactus can complete the 0–100km/h sprint in 10.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 188km/h.
Fuel use, meanwhile, is rated at 5.1L/100km on the combined cycle. We look forward to putting the French brand’s claims to the test in the real world.
There’s a 358L boot area behind the second row of seats, which expands to a claimed 1170L with the rear pews folded. A space-saver spare wheel resides under the boot floor.
So far in 2018, the C4 Cactus has shifted 60 units year-to-date as of 30 July. Of those 60 registrations, 13 of them came in July – up 85.7 per cent over the same period in 2017, albeit off a low base.
The facelifted model was revealed last year, and has been delayed for launch in Australia, with the local arm indicating a tentative release sometime in 2019.
Stay tuned over the coming months as we explore the Cactus’s comfort, drive experience, handling, infotainment and more.